At one middle school in Virginia, high-fives are out.
So is holding hands. And hugging could get students in big trouble.
Kilmer Middle School, in a D.C. suburb, has a no-touching rule that some say goes too far.
Student Hal Beaulieu got busted recently for putting his arm around his girlfriend’s shoulder. The 13-year-old was let off with a warning, but a repeat offense could put him in detention.
“I think hugging is a good thing,” Hal said in an Associated Press story. He and his parents are asking the school board to review the rule.
The school principal defends the policy, saying it aims to make sure students are comfortable in crowded hallways, and also to ward off gang handshakes and finger poking that can turn into fights.
I wonder if the rule applies to school athletics. You can’t tackle another football player if you can’t touch. And what if a coach pats a player on the back?
And what about prom? I guess slow dancing would be a no-no.
Does the no-touching rule at this school seem reasonable to you?